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 By Rep. David Byrd    News    October 14, 2021 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Medical Laboratories Act – Public Chapter 495 allows Tennessee to utilize the federal standards that are used in 31 other states for those that work in private laboratories, as is already done...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Tennessee Medical Cannabis Commission –Public Chapter 577 creates a commission to serve as a nonpartisan, medically-focused entity to study federal and state laws regarding medical cannabis.  The c...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Session Highlights 2021 Surplus Radios / First Responders / Distressed Counties – Public Chapter 527 allows for the transfer of surplus two-way radios, held by the Department of Safety, to distresse...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Federal Law Enforcement Officers / Personal Information – Public Chapter 253 protects federal law enforcement officers and their families by providing confidentiality regarding certain personal...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Constitutional Challenges / State Statutes– Public Chapter 566 creates a mechanism for a three-judge panel to hear a challenge regarding the constitutionality of a state statute, an executive order...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Expunction for Employment -Public Chapter 539 removes barriers for employment and education for Tennesseans with nonviolent or low-level assault offenses on their criminal record by allowing these...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Firing a Firearm from a Vehicle – Public Chapter 505 makes it reckless endangerment subject to a Class C felony to fire a firearm from within a motor vehicle, enhancing penalties for the crime....

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Drag racing – Public Chapter 573 stiffens the penalty for drag racing from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor to deter drivers from engaging in this reckless behavior. Enhanced penalties...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    August 5, 2021

Representative David Byrd District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Victim Advocates / Confidentiality – Public Chapter 590 protects confidentiality of victim advocate. It ensures communication between a victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse and a trained...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    July 22, 2021

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Session Highlights from 112th General Assembly Jim Coley Protection for Rape Survivors Act - Public Chapter 362 provides more transparency regarding the rape kit backlog process. It makes sure the...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    July 15, 2021

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Safe Home for Trafficked Children – Public Chapter 246 requires law enforcement officers to alert the Department of Children’s Services when they take a minor into custody on charges of...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    July 8, 2021

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Session Highlights from 112th General Assembly Children / Evelyn’s Law –Public Chapter 107 creates Evelyn Boswell’s Law, named after a Sullivan County 15-month-old who was found dead after her...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    July 1, 2021

District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Session Highlights from 112th General Assembly Confucius Institutes / Foreign Influence on Higher Education – Public Chapter 344 prohibits the establishment of Confucius Institutes which have ties t...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 24, 2021

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Tennessee Accommodations for All Children Act – Public Chapter 452 requires a public school to provide a reasonable accommodation to a person who has conveyed through a written request that they...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 17, 2021

District 71 Capitol Hill Update: Representative David Byrd

Expanding School Choice within a School District – Public Chapter 479 expands public school choice to additional districts that do not already have open enrollment policies.  It allows students...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 10, 2021

District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Session Highlights Teacher Shortages - Public Chapter 125 simplifies the process for teachers who are moving to Tennessee to receive an appropriate teaching license, helping qualified teachers get int...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 3, 2021

District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Session Highlights Special Session / Tennessee Literacy Success Act – Public Chapter 3 targets literacy skills to get students on track in the early grades, so they can become proficient readers by...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    May 27, 2021

District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Session Highlights BUDGET Appropriations Bill – Public Chapter 454 provides appropriations for the no-debt, structurally-balanced $42.6 billion budget, which will fund state government for the...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    May 13, 2021

District 71 Capitol Hill Update

House Republicans pass historic criminal justice reform The Tennessee House of Representatives approved two major criminal justice reform bills this past week in Nashville. Both are proposals from...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    May 6, 2021

District 71 Capitol Hill Update

The General Assembly approves $42.6 billion budget The House and Senate of the 112th General Assembly on Thursday successfully approved a no-debt $42.6 billion budget that provides strategic...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    April 29, 2021

District 71 Capitol Hill Update

House Republicans make Covid relief tax deductible for business Tennessee businesses will be eligible to receive more pandemic assistance through a bill that will exempt relief funds from state...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    April 22, 2021

District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Gov. Lee’s budget amendment includes tax holidays, investments in mental health, education and economic development The state budget is the central focus in the last remaining weeks of the first...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    April 15, 2021

District 71 Capitol Hill Update

House Republicans make Covid relief tax deductible for business Tennessee businesses will be eligible to receive more pandemic assistance through a bill that will exempt relief funds from state...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    March 25, 2021

District 71 Capitol Hill Update

House Republicans propose to protect consumer privacy Republican leaders this week announced a proposal that protects Tennesseans’ right to privacy and returns control of personal information back t...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    March 11, 2021

Truth in sentencing reform advances

In house committees this past week, the Truth and sentencing reform advances. House Bill 1047 requires any person convicted of violent or sexual offenses that historically target women and children...

 

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